German Pirate Party Scores Another Electoral Victory: Gets 4 Seats In State Parliament

from the german-pirates dept

We've discussed in the past the success of the German Pirate party in getting 9% of the vote in the Berlin state Parliamentary elections, giving them a bunch of seats there. Following that, it was noted that the party actually had a similar 9% support level across Germany. So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the party has been able to seat another four officials in another state election, this one in Saarland, where they took 7.4% of the vote, and got four out of the 51 seats (found via Slashdot). I do wonder why Germany's Pirate Party has been so successful, compared to the various Pirate Parties elsewhere.

It's also important to note that the campaign in this case didn't focus on copyright issues (even with ACTA still being a hot topic in Germany). Instead the campaign focused on "transparent government, access to education as a prerequisite, and the right of the people to actively partake in the decision making process." If the Pirate Party is actually going to grow, I think it's important for it to do much more to highlight its position on these kinds of issues, so it's good that this resonated. I've said in the past -- and I know plenty of people disagree with me -- that I think the Pirate Party's name, while good for getting it initial attention, has the potential to limit its effectiveness and appeal in the longterm, in part because I didn't think people would take its other policy issues (which have always been a part of the Party's efforts) seriously. However, if they worked here, that's surprising, but encouraging.
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    matthias, 28 Mar 2012 @ 6:05am

    Re: Re: why they are so succesfull over here...

    Well, yes, the Gema drives us crazy. For every second music-video you want to watch on Youtube you get an error message: "This video isn't available in your country because the Gema didn't grant permission. We are very sorry. :-/"
    Then you have to install a proxy or simply go to (you see, we can arrange with that).
    So, you're right, because of the Gema, copyright is quite a big issue in Germany, and nearly every party wants to modernize copyright law. As all the others don't seem to understand much of modern technology (and sometimes even want to strengthen copyright law, thus making everything worse) the pirate party seem to be the most competent one in this case.
    But as this all isn't part of the states responsibility, copyright has been a minor point during the last months, but surely will rise again next year with the elections to the federal parliament.
    Oh, and as one anonymous coward mentioned, they indeed are having quite good slogans playing with "pirates". And as election campaigns are more serious here, there aren't a lot of politicians from other parties claiming that all members of the pirate party were criminals (or something like that).

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